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    WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours.

      Health officials in South Korea have approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic. In clinical trials involving some 4,000 participants in South Korea and five other countries, SK Bioscience’s two-dose SKYCovione vaccine appeared to be more effective than the broadly used AstraZeneca shots in building immunity against infections, officials said Wednesday. It isn’t immediately clear how officials will administer the newly developed vaccine, which was designed for the original version of the coronavirus, not the more transmissible omicron variant that wreaked havoc in the country earlier this year.

      The Supreme Court's ruling allowing states to regulate abortion has set off a travel scramble in some parts of the U.S.,  as abortion providers redirect patients to states that still allow the procedure. A growing number of states are moving to mostly banning abortion. Clinics operators are moving, doctors are counseling crying patients, donations are pouring into nonprofits and one group is dispatching vans to administer abortion pills. Some cities _ like Kansas City and St. Louis _ also are drafting plans to help with the travel logistics. Groups are trying to help with everything from gas cards for travel to connecting patients with small aircraft pilots willing to transport them to a clinic in another state.

      The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The June 24 ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. In anticipation of the decision, several states led by Democrats have taken steps to protect abortion access. The decision also sets up the potential for legal fights between the states over whether providers and those who help women obtain abortions can be sued or prosecuted.

      Illinois Republicans have chosen conservative state Sen. Darren Bailey to take on Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker for governor this fall. Bailey defeated five other Republicans on Tuesday to win the nomination. Pritzker, who easily defeated a largely unknown candidate, is seeking his second term. Bailey is a farmer and staunch abortion opponent who raised his statewide profile by opposing restrictions Pritzker put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Bailey on Saturday. That support that may hurt Bailey in a general election for a state where voters rejected Trump by double digits in 2016 and 2020.

      Desperate families of migrants from Mexico and Central America are seeking word of their loved ones as authorities begin identifying 51 people who died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer without air conditioning in the sweltering Texas heat. It was the deadliest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas told The Associated Press that the driver of the truck and two other people were arrested. The bodies were discovered Monday afternoon on the outskirts of San Antonio when a city worker heard a cry for help from a truck parked on a lonely back road.

      Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has won the GOP primary in his race for a second term as governor in deep-red Oklahoma. Stitt’s victory on Tuesday sets up a showdown with State Superintendent of Public Education Joy Hofmeister, a lifelong Republican who switched parties to run against Stitt as a Democrat. Stitt defeated ex-Tulsa police officer Mark Sherwood, Joel Kintsel, the head of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, and Moira McCabe of Oklahoma City. Hofmeister defeated longtime Democratic Party activist and former state Sen. Connie Johnson. Independent Ervin Yen, an Oklahoma City anesthesiologist and former Republican state senator, and Libertarian Natalie Bruno of Edmond also will be on the November ballot.

      Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed an executive order to help guard against outside prosecution of anyone who receives an abortion or other reproductive care in Nevada. His order signed Tuesday also adds protections for healthcare workers who provide such services. Sisolak's move comes as fellow Democratic leaders across the country enacted further protections for abortion after the overturn of Roe v. Wade last week. The order bars state agencies from assisting other states in investigations that could prosecute abortion patients who come to Nevada from other states. Sisolak said his office will decline requests from other states to extradite or issue arrest warrants for people receiving abortions in Nevada.

      U.S. health officials are expanding the group of people recommended to get vaccinated against the monkeypox virus. They also say they are providing more monkeypox vaccine, working to expand testing, and taking other steps to try to get ahead of the outbreak. As of Tuesday, the U.S. had identified 306 cases in 27 states and the District of Columbia. More than 4,700 cases have been found in more than 40 other countries outside the areas of Africa where the virus is endemic.

      Researchers have diagnosed chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a Major League Soccer player for the first time. The Boston University CTE Center says defender Scott Vermillion suffered from the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to repeated blows to the head. Vermillion died of an accidental drug overdose in December 2020 at the age of 44. CTE has been found in more than 100 former NFL players as well as semi-pro and high school soccer players. Vermillion is the first from MLS. He played in four MLS seasons for D.C. United, the Colorado Rapids and the Kansas City Wizards.


      The Cowlitz Black Bears responded after a walk-off loss yesterday in Ridgefield, controlling the Edmonton Riverhawks in the two sides' first ever match up. Ryan Hardman made his second start, going five innings, allowing one run, and striking out four. Hear from the right-hander following th…

      The Cowlitz Black Bears trailed by five going into the bottom of the eighth, but the Black Bears didn't go away quietly. Cowlitz put up four unanswered runs and had the winning run standing on second, but couldn't complete the comeback, dropping Game One against the defending champion, Corva…

      The Cowlitz Black Bears took their second series of the year in as many tries in a 12-6 win over the Kamloops NorthPaws in Game Two Tuesday evening at Story Field. The Black Bears put up six runs in the bottom of the sixth, capped off by Calyn Halvorson's three-run home run. Brendan Reilly c…

      The Cowlitz Black Bears trailed by 5 runs against the Kamloops NorthPaws in the third inning at Story Field Monday evening, but a spirited comeback gave the fans at Story Field free baseball on Monday night. Cowlitz and Kamloops went out for out until the bottom of the 11th inning when secon…

      The state’s chief investigator endured a withering cross-examination as prosecutors rested their case in the criminal corruption trial of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. Franklin Robinson was bombarded with questions Tuesday about false and misleading statements he made under oath in a sworn search warrant affidavit and again in testimony before a grand jury. McGuiness is responsible as state auditor for rooting out government fraud, waste and abuse. She is being tried on felony counts of theft and witness intimidation, and misdemeanor charges of official misconduct, conflict of interest and noncompliance with procurement laws. McGuiness is the first statewide elected official in Delaware to face criminal prosecution while in office.

      Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration won't use public money to help people from other states travel to California for an abortion. California's operating budget includes $20 million to help pay for things like airfare, lodging, gas money and meals for people seeking abortions. But the money can only be used for in-state travel. The decision surprised some abortion advocates. Access Reproductive Justice Executive Director Jessica Pinckney said she would ask lawmakers to allow the fund to cover out-of-state expenses. The budget includes more than $200 million to help expand access to abortion. That includes $40 million to cover abortions for women who can't afford them.

      TUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is deploying an enhanced nationwide vaccination strategy to counter the continuing spread of monkeypox, federal public health officials announced at a White House briefing on Tuesday.

      A federal court has allowed Tennessee to ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Texas is already enforcing a six-week ban, but a judge Tuesday temporarily blocked an even stricter decades-old law from taking effect. The moves embody a flurry of activity that was set off at courthouses across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week and ruled that terminating a pregnancy is not a constitutional right. Roughly half the states are expected to prohibit or severely limit the procedure now that the high court has left it up to them.

      Police sat one 32-year-old woman was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault as abortion protesters spent about 90 minutes inside the lobby of the South Carolina Statehouse during a special session on the state budget. The woman was seen on videos on social media yelling at police and putting her hands on an officer. Authorities say she faces up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail if convicted of third-degree assault and battery. The woman was one of about 200 protesters at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The protestors did not interrupt the House and Senate as they considered the governor's budget vetoes.

      More than 200 employees at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts have ratified a contract that includes better pay and benefits. The unionized workers are joining a wave of other recent union developments at some of the nation’s most prestigious museums. Officials said Tuesday that the collective bargaining agreement is the first since museum workers voted to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110 in November 2020. The union's president says the contract provides a more equitable compensation structure and a democratic voice for the staff. The union represents 227 of the museum’s administrative, technical, curatorial and conservation employees.

      President Joe Biden’s top health official says that “every option is on the table” when it comes to helping women access abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. But there's only so much the administration can do despite its strong criticism of the Supreme Court’s decision Friday. Biden called it “a sad day for the court and the country.” The secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, on Tuesday called it “despicable." Becerra said that the administration would work to ensure that medication abortions remain available, patient privacy is preserved and family planning care is protected.

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